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Trials and Triumphs of a Turkmen Meet Bahtiyar Saparow, a young Muscovite born after a brief fling between a local woman and a Turkmen migrant labourer... or so he's been told - Dad never stuck around to introduce himself, but Mum insisted on retaining his Turkmen heritage. Bahtiyar was a footballing star in the making at school, but his mixed heritage and absent father made him a regular target for the local bullies, and it was only a matter of time before the tackles took their toll. Taken out nastily during a trial at his beloved Spartak Moscow, Bahtiyar instead took to studying the sport. Now aged 22, and inspired by the World Cup held on his doorstep, he is about to step out into the wide world of football management... -- Played on FM17, with leagues loaded from Russia (3 tiers), Ukraine (3), Belarus (3), Georgia (2), Armenia (2), Azerbaijan (2), Kazakhstan (2), Uzbekistan (2), Tajikistan (2), Kyrgyzstan (2), Turkmenistan (1), Moldova (2), Estonia (2), Latvia (2) and Lithuania (2). All edited leagues are the wonderful claassen's. I've holidayed two seasons to the end of the 2018 World Cup, which saw a weird and wonderful group stage lead to football very nearly, but also definitely not, coming home. Bahtiyar starts with no badges, no experience, and a willingness to travel to all parts of the former Soviet Union. His only goals are to make up for the playing career he was unable to enjoy, and to lead his favoured Spartak to success. Anything else on the way is a bonus. A note for the reader - the editor is enabled. This will only ever be used for one of two reasons: cosmetic, narrative reasons, and the annoying habit of staff in smaller leagues to refuse to re-sign after a year because they get too big for their boots. If they were foreigners brought in, I'd cope, but this seems unrealistic and I have no qualms about extending deals by a year with the editor. That'll be all - now on with the show...
Hello, I wanted to start this thread to create discussion around (potentially) resurrecting nations that no longer exist. I'm not necessarily going to be the one making those database and may not even be posting a lot. I at least want to create a thread where people can talk and share their findings regarding those topics. As you may know, it is possible to resurrect or defunct nations thanks to some files created by the community. It's also possible to change the structure if the UEFA Nations League to accommodate for that. I will link to the relevant threads below. I will also link to the FM16 Iron Curtain database, that featured a similar setup: maybe @MBarbaric can chime in... That said and as I've said elsewhere, you may need a lot more work than that to make such database viable... if it's possible at all! Among things that could use more consideration would be not only tweak the Nations League, but every other UEFA competition including the U19s to account for the correct number of teams; changing the Champions' League and Europa League qualification places; making sure the World Cup qualifying tournament works properly... in other words, a huge ordeal that may go against hard-coded features in the database. As for myself, I tried resurrecting Yugoslavia. This involved not only removing all seven ex-Yugoslavian countries from Europe and moving Yugoslavia into the continent; but also changing the nationality of every club and local region; changing the first and second nationality of every people; copying tax rules, transfer preferences, transfer and wage values from the biggest sports country from the area, which unsurprisingly is Croatia; among other things I may have forgotten. And for the most part, it would work... if the database wasn't consistently crashing on December 15th no matter what. I had thought that the UEFA U19s Championship was the issue, but deleting it didn't fix it. I thought not having 55 countries/national teams in Europe was the problem, but adding back six out of the seven ex-Yugoslavian countries to make up for it doesn't change anything. Thought it was that I didn't add leagues to the nation; that's not it. That said, and as seen in a thread I'm going to link to, you can indeed just "replace" a nation by another one and it works seamlessly (and works even without nations rules nor leagues mind you). I've replaced France by Yugoslavia with no issue whatsoever. I'm going to link to my editor files below; may anyone find some use to them. As I said before, it may very well be a completely pointless endeavour, and I have to warn you about that. Nevertheless, for those who may attempt such a challenge, now you have my experience in the matter. I still hope the thread is going to get somewhere though... Quick Yugoslavian Leagues.fmf Quick Yugoslavian UNLv3.fmf
"Oh, go to hell!" With Austria leading Chile in Moscow, Russia needed a win against the US in Moscow to make it into the knockout rounds. Of their home World Cup. As a seeded team. Progression is the bare minimum in those situations, surely? Not for Russia. Leading 1-0 through golden boy Sasha Kokorin and with just five minutes later, all was well. Until, of course, Danny Williams stabbed home a corner to get the previously pointless USA on the board, and knock the hosts out at the earliest opportunity. Stanislav Cherchesov was not a popular man. "Surely anyone can do better than that? I mean, how hard can it be to get 11 men to play something resembling football?" Failure on the big stage was hardly new for Russia. In fact, for 28-year-old Valeri, it was what he had grown up with. Andrei Arshavin's brilliance at Euro 2008 aside, he'd seen his country flop as one of the worst sides at Euro 2016, get dumped out of the last World Cup at the group stage, miss out on the knockouts in 2012 - the list was endless. It wasn't jus Russia either - all around the former Soviet Union, football was in a fairly dire state of affairs. "You know what, I reckon I could do better. And it's not like my current job is worth keeping hold of. Damn it, it's time to let the world know us Russians can manage!" And so, with a resolution made to no-one in particular, Valeri Soldatkin vowed to do just that - to become a football manager, and to finally restore a sense of footballing honour to the Russian nation. He didn't care whether it was with club or country, at home or abroad - success was all he craved. Not until the World Cup was over, mind. I mean, you've got to watch every kick when it's in your own country, haven't you? Oh, the result? France beat Chile on penalties in the final. Not that Valeri particularly cared. -- So, that's the somewhat tenuous backstory to my latest attempt at a career. Youth-only in Armenia died with my laptop (although I had got seven seasons in and was a Europa League regular, which was frustrating), so this time we're going for something more expansive. Using claassen's excellent edits, I'm running the leagues of every country in the former Soviet Union (except those hyper-Westernised Baltic states of course. Two divisions in most, the third in Russia), as well as England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France (to keep Europe interesting). The plan is, after starting unemployed and with no qualifications, to work my way as high as possible, thereby restoring some much-craved Russian pride. I've also holidayed to the end of the 2018 World Cup, in case you couldn't tell. Oh, and as long as I remain in the former USSR, I won't be signing anyone from outside of it. Because who doesn't love an arbitrary transfer policy? Some loose goals that would be nice to tick off, in vague order of short to long term: - Win a trophy (Russian PFL - Yug (3rd tier), 2019/20) - Win a league title (Russian PFL - Yug (3rd tier), 2019/20) - Win a top flight league title (Kazakhstan Premier League, 2022) - Be headhunted by a 'bigger' club (FC Orenburg, March 2020) - Be headhunted by a foreign club (Heidenheim, March 2020) - Be offered an international job - Win the Russian Premier League - Win a European trophy - Have a player named as World Player of the Year - Win every top flight in the former USSR - Win a major international tournament with a former Soviet state Other than that, we're ready to go - next up, we'll find out which unsuspecting team is willing to take a punt on an unqualified nobody from Volgograd...